Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.

Where is the school located?

Our address is
1104 Balboa Ave
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 850-215-0770

What sets Palm Bay Prep apart from other schools?

Palm Bay Prep offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. We use online curriculum and a self-paced environment which is different than most district schools. Palm Bay Prep…

  • Is a college prep school that sets high expectations for its students and staff
  • Has rigorous academic and personal standards
  • Utilizes an instructional model that encourages individualized learning while providing teacher and peer support
  • Places students in meaningful and enriching internship experiences (High School)
  • Places emphasis on parent-teacher communication and relationship
  • Integrates Technology into each project or lesson, each classroom is equipped with 12-15 computer stations and a digital projector
  • Promotes diversity and cultural awareness
  • Offer daily in class peer tutoring
  • Offer after school clubs i.e. tabletop game club, drama, culinary, yearbook and journalism (typically as demanded by students/parents)
  • Requires student involvement in community projects
  • Requires School Uniforms
  • Builds community business partnerships
  • Encourages parent involvement
  • Enhances the learning environment with a strict discipline policy and caring school culture

How much does it cost to attend Palm Bay Preparatory?

Palm Bay Preparatory is a publicly funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school. Charter schools are funded based on the per student allocation provide by each state or district. On occasion we may ask for parents to contribute money to cover the cost of field trips or a unique classroom experience.

What can you tell me about the school’s curriculum?

Palm Bay Prep provides a unique environment which emphasizes high academic achievement through the use of technology and innovative but proven educational methods. We prepare students to successfully compete in an increasingly competitive post-secondary environment and the global job market. Our innovative model includes “Project Based Learning” promoted by the nationally regarded Buck Institute for Education, a “Professional Internship Program” modeled after a nationally acclaimed non-profit network of schools, and leading-edge standards based online curriculum.

How do I enroll my child at Palm Bay Prep Schools?

To begin the enrollment process, visit the school’s enrollment page to submit a pre-enrollment form. After your pre-enrollment form has been received, the school will contact you to confirm receipt, and formal enrollment documents will be made available to you as soon as possible.

Does submitting an application guarantee my child a seat at Palm Bay Prep Schools?

Not necessarily. In the event that the demand exceeds the seats available, Palm Bay Prep Schools will conduct a random lottery to determine who is able to enroll.

When will the Lottery occur?

Please contact the school for details.

Are Palm Bay Prep teachers certified?

Every Palm Bay Prep Teacher will be certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned. We will recruit and hire teachers who are committed to delivering a high-quality education to each student.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, Palm Bay Prep Schools requires students to wear uniforms. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase on the website before the first day of school. Our complete uniform policy is available on our website.

Do you have special education programs?

Yes. Palm Bay Prep will provide services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.

Do you accept students with ESOL requirements?

Yes. Palm Bay Prep Schools will provide services to any child with ESOL requirements with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings.

What is the school calendar?

Palm Bay Prep will follow the school calendar of Bay County Schools. The Calendar will be posted on the website.

What time does school start and end?

Class starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:15. Students may arrive as early as 7:00 and must be picked up by 3:45 unless they are attending an after school event or participating in our After School Program.

When can parents meet teachers?

Teachers and parents will formally meet during the Open Houses in both August and September. On an ongoing basis teachers will communicate with parents in person, via e-mail, and by phone to communicate to them their child’s progress. We believe that a strong parent- teacher relationship helps create the best learning environment possible. We also offer parent-teacher conferences, by request, before or after school.